Community Partner Spotlight: Exchange Club’s Family Center of the Central Piedmont
The Exchange Club’s Family Center of the Central Piedmont is located in Graham and serves 7 counties helping to prevent childhood trauma. They aim to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect by offering programs such as adolescent parenting programs, adolescent parent support programs, parent teen solutions classes, counseling, juvenile mentoring and more. All of the programs offered are evidence-based. We were able to visit the center and hear from Executive Director Sarah Black about all the services and programs provided by the center.
The center has been providing services for Alamance County for over 20 years and believes every child deserves a healthy start. A lot of the services and programs they offer take place in the home in order to fully grasp the dynamics of everyone living in the home. It also provides a level of comfort for the individual to stay in their own space.
They are currently working on renovating a room to be a playroom where the children can go when the parent groups are meeting at the center. The broader group of all the adolescent parents currently meets quarterly for guest speakers or events. Recently, a group of lawyers presented to help parents understand their rights in certain situations, specifically in the home. If they are active participants during these quarterly events and other meetings, they earn points. Points can be redeemed in their baby closet and supply closet. Items range from diapers, baby wipes, kitchenware, personal hygiene products, etc. (pictured left). Sarah shared with us it is sometimes difficult to get the parents to take items for themselves, as they often want items for their children instead.
We learned a lot during this visit and are proud to partner with an organization that aims to prevent childhood trauma in Alamance County and beyond!
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